What's On In Gloucestershire: May Bank Holiday Weekend

The May bank holiday is almost here and whether you crave delicious local food, toe-tapping tunes, or something entirely different, Gloucestershire has the perfect event for you. From family-friendly festivals to electrifying concerts, this county has got you covered.

What's On In Gloucestershire This Weekend

Are you feeling indecisive? Don't worry, we've highlighted just some of the events taking place this weekend to inspire your bank holiday itinerary. 

Free Gigs at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Thursday, 2nd May to Monday, 6th May

Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham and at various venues across the town

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival offers a vibrant and exciting lineup of free gigs on the Free Stage in Montpellier Gardens and throughout Cheltenham's streets, pubs, and clubs. This annual event is a fantastic way to celebrate the May bank holiday weekend with five days of live music from both local talents and national artists. Thanks to the support of Cheltenham BID, attendees can enjoy performances by a diverse range of musicians at various venues such as The Wilson, John Gordons, the Frog and Fiddle, and the Bottle of Sauce.

Notably, the festival underscores its commitment to nurturing talent and supporting the local arts scene by showcasing emerging artists alongside established acts. Among the performers scheduled to take the stage are Joanna Cooke from Plymouth, the GS Collective representing Gloucestershire, as well as Tomorrow's Warriors Youth Ensemble and Ni Maxine from Jazz North. This diverse lineup ensures that attendees can experience a wide array of musical styles and talents throughout the festival.

Whether you're a jazz enthusiast or simply looking for a fun way to spend your weekend, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival promises an unforgettable experience filled with exceptional music in a lively and welcoming atmosphere.

View the full lineup of free and paid gigs here.

The Joust

Sunday, 5th May - Monday, 6th May

Berkeley Castle, Berkeley, Gloucestershire, GL13 9BQ

Berkeley Castle is set to host The Knights of Nottingham once again this spring, promising an exhilarating display of Medieval Jousting. With knights in shining armour atop powerful horses, spectators can expect thrilling sword fights and heart-pounding action that keeps them on the edge of their seats. Audience participation and comedic elements add to the excitement, creating a memorable experience for all.

Whether you find yourself rooting for the gallant White Knight or playfully jeering at the dastardly Black Knight, the atmosphere is sure to be filled with laughter thanks to the antics of the lovable Sir Frederick. His jovial spirit and entertaining performances will delight both children and adults alike, making it a fun day out for families.

Scheduled for 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm, these jousting spectacles are not to be missed. Immerse yourself in the magic of Medieval times at Berkeley Castle as history comes alive before your eyes.

Book tickets here.

Party in the Park

Saturday, 4th May - Monday, 6th May

Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Cheltenham GL54 5FL

The Cotswolds in May offer a perfect setting for a memorable Bank Holiday Weekend with a delightful mix of activities for friends and family. At Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park, visitors can bask in the serene countryside ambience while enjoying live music performances by talented local artists. The park provides entertainment suitable for all age groups, making it an ideal destination to spend quality time with loved ones.

One of the highlights at the farm park is the engaging bottle feeding sessions for the young animals, scheduled twice daily at 11.30 am and 3.30 pm in the Animal Barn. Guests have the opportunity to participate in this heartwarming activity as part of their admission ticket, creating special moments with the adorable farm residents.

For food enthusiasts, The Ox Shed Restaurant introduces its new Summer Menu featuring delectable dishes such as pressed maple pork belly flatbreads and giant couscous salads. With a variety of culinary delights on offer, visitors are sure to find something that tantalizes their taste buds and complements their day out at the farm park.

In addition to these attractions, exploring the picturesque surroundings of the Cotswolds and relishing the company of friends, family, and charming farm animals make for a truly enchanting experience during the May Bank Holiday Weekend.

Book tickets here.

May Fair with the Steampunks

Sunday, 5th May - Monday, 6th May

Woodchester Mansion, Nympsfield, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire GL10 3TS

Woodchester Mansion is once again hosting a vibrant May Fair in collaboration with the Steampunks during the early May Bank Holiday weekend. This annual event promises a unique and unforgettable experience at the magnificent Mansion. Visitors will be able to mingle with the colourful Steampunk community, known for their elaborate and creative costumes from all corners of the country.

Bring your family along to partake in a range of activities, including watching the lively Morris dancers perform and joining in on the traditional Dancing Round the Maypole. Indulge in delectable food and drinks while enjoying live music in a festive atmosphere. Don't miss out on the chance to explore the remarkable Mansion with reduced admission, offering a glimpse into a house unlike any other.

Witness stone carving demonstrations showcasing intricate craftsmanship and browse through stalls offering an array of unique finds that might pique your interest. Additionally, the Steampunks have curated a series of unconventional and entertaining events for attendees to witness or participate in:

  • Experience their quirky take on traditional cheese rolling
  • Marvel at hobby horse dressage displays
  • Cheer on participants in teapot racing competitions
  • Engage in the whimsical art of tea duelling

This eclectic lineup of activities ensures that visitors of all ages will find something captivating to enjoy at this year's Woodchester Mansion May Fair with the Steampunks.

More information can be found here.

Sandford Parks Lido Opens

Saturday 4 May 2024 11 am - 7.30 pm

Sandford Parks Lido, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, GL53 7PU

Sandford Parks Lido in Cheltenham is set to kick off the summer season this weekend, providing a perfect opportunity for visitors to enjoy a refreshing swim in the 50m outdoor pool or the children's pool. Stepping through the entrance gate with an entry fee of just 2p will transport you back in time to 1935, reminiscent of the very first opening day.

Conveniently located in the centre of Cheltenham, Sandford Parks Lido offers a splendid day out for families. Children can revel in the excitement of slides, a dedicated children's pool, and a playful paddling area. For those looking to stay active, the 50-meter pool provides an excellent space for training, with two lanes typically reserved for swimmers most days.

This Saturday promises to be an exciting day at the Lido, featuring a showcase of upcoming events, activities, club sessions, and much more for the season ahead. Whether you're seeking relaxation by the poolside or looking forward to a day filled with aquatic adventures, Sandford Parks Lido offers something special for everyone in the family.

More information here.

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